On 22 May 2014 UNESCO signed a new partnership agreement with FCAO, Le Fonds Culturel Arts & Ouvrages (France).
The goal of the partnership is to support the restoration of sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Over a first 18-month phase, the cooperation with FCAO will focus on the restoration of the ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu by providing boxes manufactured for this purpose. The sites of Coro and its Port in Venezuela and Abu Mena in Egypt have also been selected for immediate support.
On 24 May 2014, FCAO held a charity auction for the safeguarding of Timbuktu manuscripts in cooperation with the World Heritage Centre, under the supervision of the auction house Art Valorem (www.art-valorem.fr). Sponsored by Erik Orsenna, author and member of the French Academy, and journalist and producer Jean-Michel Djian, the works sold were donated by 56 top contemporary artists such as Pascale Marthine Tayou, Miquel Barcelo and Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The initiative, called “20 Bucks a box”, will use the funds to acquire conservation boxes for each manuscript, of which the unit cost is 20 USD.